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Wood Utensil and Cutting Board Care

Three simple precautions will make all the difference in longevity for your: cutting boards, chopping blocks, spoons, spatulas, handles, and more.

  1. Don’t let soak in water – Like any other wood, long-term water penetration will cause degradation.
  2. Don’t put in a dishwasher – Hand clean with soap and water; then dry.¬†The extreme heat from a dishwasher will excessively dry and eventually split the wood.
  3. Treat regularly – Use 100% mineral oil or other food safe wood creams and oils.

Why use mineral oil or wood cream?

Even when faithfully following steps 1 and 2 above, wood will naturally dry out and need rejuvenation. The mineral oil and creams treat and nourish the wood.

NOTE: Food-safe mineral oil won’t become rancid or spoil like some other oils, which makes it safe to consume.

How and when to apply:

  • Add a liberal amount of mineral oil to all sides of your utensils and tops of your cutting boards with a paper towel or clean rag.
  • Allow sufficient time for the oil to absorb into the wood.
  • Wipe off any excess oil that may remain.

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NOTE: How often a specific product should be used will be mentioned on the product label. For instance the current brand I’m using recommends “once a day for the first week – once a week for the first month – once a month for the first year, or when wood is dry”.

John Boos shows just how easy maintaining your wood cutting board is.

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Additional wood utensil care:

If regular oiling of your utensils is not carried on, a fuzzy haze may start to appear on your wood utensils. No worries. This problem can be addressed by using 180-400 grit sandpaper to create a smooth finish before applying your oil or cream.

Using a sheet of sandpaper; tear off a size that works best for you when sanding utensils.

  • Start with a super fine (320 or 400) grit sandpaper and work your way to a more aggressive sandpaper (180-220) if need be. This will prevent removing too much wood material, which may not be necessary or wanted.
Dry and unmaintained wood kitchen spoon

Wood utensils eventually show signs of degradation.

Sanded wood kitchen spoon

Light sanding removes the rough patches.

Wood kitchen utensil treated with mineral oil

Finally, treat with mineral oil to retain the woods integrity.

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